UW-Madison professor draws rebuke from university
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University of Wisconsin at Madison professor Sara Goldrick-Rab has expressed regret at the wording she used in comparing Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to Hitler and tweeting to incoming freshmen that they should go elsewhere over the budget cuts. That latter comment drew a rebuke from the university itself. The College Fix was able to obtain a telephone interview with Goldrick-Rab.
To be clear, Goldrick-Rab had every legal right to say what she did, no matter how stupid. I think the university has handled it properly. They have distanced themselves from her comments, but upheld her right to free speech. A firing would have been wrong.
The lesson here is that while professors have the right to free speech, others have the right to respond and disagree. The university should not be one big echo chamber where only one ideology is heard. Unfortunately, that is the situation that exists on too many campuses.